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The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Jul 15, 08

bookshelves: j-fiction, clean, ladies, realistic-fiction
Read in July, 2008

Alice McKinley is sure she is the most embarrassing person on earth. She is also sure it's because she doesn't have a mother to show her what to do. Alice thinks if she can only get the beautiful Miss Cole as her teacher this year, she can adopt Miss Cole as her surrogate mother and get back on the right track. Alas, she is Mrs. Plotkin's room, and Alice is mortified. Everything bad always happens to her! Will Alice ever grow up? Or will she keep growing backwards?

I thought Alice was so spot-on as an adolescent girl. EVERY girl her age is convinced she is a mess. Her inability to control her frustration and her perception that she is always getting the short end of the stick so reminds me of me at that age. Naylor mixes plenty of funny situations too so the reader is not constantly feeling sorry for the trials and tribulations of Alice. I look forward to reading more of this series.
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